Consuming Fantasies

Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920

Author: Lise Sanders

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 0814210171

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 279

View: 3202

"In Consuming Fantasies: Labor, Leisure, and the London Shopgirl, 1880-1920, Lise Shapiro Sanders examines the cultural significance of the shopgirl - both historical figure and fictional heroine - from the end of Queen Victoria's reign through the First World War. As the author reveals, the shopgirl embodied the fantasies associated with a growing consumer culture: romantic adventure, upward mobility, and the acquisition of material goods. Reading novels such as George Gissing's The Odd Women and W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage as well as short stories, musical comedies, and films, Sanders argues that the London shopgirl appeared in the midst of controversies over sexual morality and the pleasures and dangers of London itself. Sanders explores the shopgirl's centrality to modern conceptions of fantasy, desire, and everyday life for working women and argues for her as a key figure in cultural and social histories of the period. This study will appeal to scholars, students, and enthusiasts of Victorian and Edwardian life and literature."--BOOK JACKET.

Flesh for Fantasy

Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance

Author: Danielle Egan,Katherine Frank,Merri Lisa Johnson

Publisher: Seal Press

ISBN: 9781560257219

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 1206

With a recent burst of feature films, documentaries, and books on strippers, the business of exotic dancing is hotter than ever. Over the last decade there has been a steadily expanding interest in exotic dance, from its role as an "art form" to its benefits as a means of exercise. While the breadth of discussion generated on this topic has expanded, the fundamental debate remains the same: are female strippers empowering themselves or allowing themselves to be exploited? With her follow-up to Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire, M. Lisa Johnson moves beyond the old debates and gives the reader a glimpse of what exotic dancing is like through the eyes of the stripper. The essays in Flesh for Fantasy cover everything from workplace policies and conditions, legal restrictions, customer behavior, and the struggle to overcome the stereotypes associated with the profession.

Real-life Monsters

A Psychological Examination of the Serial Murderer

Author: Stephen J. Giannangelo

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313397848

Category: Psychology

Page: 193

View: 5981

This book presents an in-depth psychological analysis of the development of the serial killer personality that will fascinate all readers, from the experienced criminology student to the casual true-crime reader. * Includes eight case studies of fascinating serial criminals, including recently convicted media stars Rodney Alcala and Anthony Sowell

Consumer Culture Theory

Author: John Schouten,Diane Martin,Russell W. Belk

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1784411574

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 350

View: 877

Research in Consumer Behavior is a leading publication in the field of consumer behavior. The substantive topics covered in this volume represent crucial issues for our times including understanding and navigating cultural diversity and cultural perspectives on co-creating market value.


Industries, Images, and Audiences

Author: David Croteau,William Hoynes

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780761987734

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 409

View: 7776

The Third Edition of this popular text provides students with an overview of the entire media process, with an emphasis on how social forces influence the media and how media potentially affect society.

Consuming Identities

Visual Culture and Celebrity in Nineteenth-century San Francisco

Author: Amy Katherine D. Lippert

Publisher: N.A



Page: 1366

View: 2181

Marketing Graffiti

Author: Michael Saren

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136380086

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 7137

Rejecting the managerially-driven structures normally imposed on the subject, Saren explains marketing from the perspective of the pivotal figure in the process: the consumer. He addresses readers as active consumers and producers of marketing, and therefore already well-equipped to appreciate the rationale and practice behind the process. Critically examining the wide range of products, businesses, technologies, information, services, ads, packaging and branding, Saren utilizes everyday images and phenomena to draw out the conceptual foundations of marketing in its social and cultural context that we all experience. By taking this alternative approach - linking the abstract concepts to the everyday world the reader already knows -Marketing Graffiti explains marketing as consumers experience it, as active participants in it reflecting the variety in the bricollage subject that is marketing.

Working Women, Literary Ladies

The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

Author: Sylvia J. Cook

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195327816

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 6325

This book explores the simultaneous entry of working-class women in the United States into wage-earning factory labor and into opportunities for mental and literary development. It traces the hopes and tensions generated by expectations of their gender and class from the first New England operatives in the early nineteenth century to immigrant sweatshop workers in the early twentieth.

Embodied Utopias

Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis

Author: Amy Bingaman,Lise Sanders,Rebecca Zorach

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134537565

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

View: 7498

Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare

A Marxist Study

Author: Victor Gordon Kiernan

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840894

Category: Drama

Page: 296

View: 1463

In this companion volume to Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Victor Kiernan sets out to rescue Shakespearean studies from the increasingly solipsistic terrain of literary criticism, focusing on historical location as a means to understanding his work.

The Sex Myth

The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality

Author: Rachel Hills

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451685807

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 2005

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life. Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us—woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth—the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don’t do it enough. Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.

Consuming citizenship

children of Asian immigrant entrepreneurs

Author: Lisa Sun-Hee Park

Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780804752473

Category: Political Science

Page: 169

View: 374

Consuming Citizenship investigates how Korean American and Chinese American children of entrepreneurial immigrants demonstrate their social citizenship as Americans through conspicuous consumption. The American immigrant entrepreneur has played a central role in projecting the American ideology of meritocracy and equality. The children of these immigrants are seen as evidence of an open society. While it appears that these children have readily adapted to American culture, questions remain as to why second-generation Asian Americans feel compelled to convince others of their legitimacy and the way they go about asserting their citizenship status. Extending our understanding of such children beyond the traditional emphasis on assimilation, the author argues that their consumptive behavior is a significant expression of their paradoxical position as citizens who straddle the boundaries of social inclusion and exclusion.

The Cinema of Hong Kong

History, Arts, Identity

Author: Poshek Fu,David Desser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521776028

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

View: 6859

This volume examines Hong Kong cinema in transnational, historical, and artistic contexts.

Flower Fashion Fantasies

Author: Ming-Ju Sun

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486498638

Category: Design

Page: 64

View: 5349

Glamorous models sport dresses consisting of intricately entwined flowers, leaves, and vines in these 31 full-page images. Inspired by botanical drawings, the imaginative illustrations will charm colorists of all ages.

Nineteenth-century Literature

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1370

Contains articles which focus on a broad spectrum of significant figures in fiction, philosophy, and criticism such as Austen, Carlyle, Dickens,Thackeray, the Brontes, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, and Henry James.

Material Fantasies

Expectations of the Western Consumer World Among the East Germans

Author: Milena Veenis

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089644008

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 1702

"This study of East German fantasies of material abundance across the border, both before and after the fall of communism, shows the close and intricate relation between ideology and fantasy in upholding social life. In 1989, news broadcasts all over the world were dominated for weeks by images of East Germans crossing the Berlin Wall to West Germany. The images, representing the fall of communism and the democratic will of the people, also showed East Germans' excitement at finally being able to enter the western consumer paradise. But what exactly had they expected to find on the other side of the Wall? Why did they shed tears of joy when for the first time in their lives, they stepped inside West German shops? And why were they prepared to pay more than 10 percent of their average monthly wage for a pineapple? Drawing on fifteen months of research in the fast-changing post-communist East Germany, Veenis unravels the perennial truths about the interrelationships of fantasies of material wealth, personal fulfillment and social cohesion. She argues persuasively that the far-fetched socialist and capitalist promises of consumption as the road to ultimate well-being, the partial realization and partial corruption thereof, the implicit social and psychological interests underlying the politicized promises in both countries form the breeding ground for the development of materialist, cargo-cult-like fantasies, in which material well-being came to be seen as the place of "fulfillment and ultimate arrival"."--Publisher's website.

The Ministry of Nostalgia

Author: Owen Hatherley

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784780782

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 9223

Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”? In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the growing nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed, a cultural distraction scam prevents people grasping the truth of their condition. The Ministry of Nostalgia explodes the creation of a false history: a rewriting of the austerity of the 1940s and 1950s, which saw the development of a welfare state while the nation crawled out of the devastations of war. This period has been recast to explain and offer consolation for the violence of neoliberalism, an ideology dedicated to the privatisation of our common wealth. In coruscating prose—with subjects ranging from Ken Loach’s documentaries, Turner Prize–shortlisted video art, London vernacular architecture, and Jamie Oliver’s cooking—Hatherley issues a passionate challenge to the injunction to keep calm and carry on. From the Hardcover edition.

Sex, power, and boundaries

understanding and preventing sexual harassment

Author: Peter Rutter

Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group

ISBN: 9780553099546

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 255

View: 1393

Drawing on actual incidents and extensive research, a guide to sexual harassment analyzes the differences between the sexes, the myths that surround sexuality, current laws, and the Reasonable Woman/Reasonable Man concept. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Situating Globality

African Agency in the Appropriation of Global Culture

Author: Wim M. J. van Binsbergen,Rijk van Dijk

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004131330

Category: Political Science

Page: 314

View: 2573

This volume should be of great value to all readers interested in the study of cultural globalization from the perspectives of anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, political science and international relations."--BOOK JACKET.

Reconstructing desire

the role of the unconscious in women's reading and writing

Author: Jean Wyatt

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

View: 9503

This provocative study explores the function of the unconscious in reading and creative processes. The book asks if reading can change the reader and if women, through reading, can change the unconscious fantasy structures that govern desire. Using models of the unconscious developed by Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Cixous, Nay, and Chodorow, Wyatt explores the complex interactions between a text and a reader's unconscious. She theorizes specific processes whereby young readers can assimilate dynamic images of female autonomy in "Heidi," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Little Women." By tracing the imprint of father-daughter relations on women's unconscious fantasy life, Wyatt seeks to explain the hold of romantic love fantasies like "Jane Eyre" over many female readers. She looks to contemporary novels for alternative fantasies: to female artist novels by Lessing, Drabble, and Walker for fantasies of sexuality nurturing creativity; and to the flexible family circles of "Beloved" and "The Color Purple" for alternatives to patriarchal family arrangements. Wyatt argues that novels like "The Awakening" and "Housekeeping" that reflect and transform readers preoedipal fantasies offer women radical alternatives to dominant cognitive and social structures.